Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) is a relatively common and disturbing condition. Perspiration is a vital process necessary to regulate the temperature of the body, but sometimes, it occurs at levels exceeding its normal function, resulting in hyperhidrosis. Common areas for this problem include under the arms, hands and feet. Patients may find this condition particularly distressful, since excessive sweating can make them nervous, and the nervousness can exacerbate sweating, creating a vicious cycle.
Several medical conditions such as diabetes and thyroid problems can cause hyperhidrosis; in these patients, attention must be given to treating the underlying cause. However, for many patients no clear medical cause is identified after clinical exams and laboratory tests. For these patients, Botox® injections offer an effective solution. The doctor will examine the affected area and perform multiple Botox® injections at carefully chosen spots using fine needles. The injection will stop the sweat glands from producing excessive sweat. The results typically last for an average of about 7 months, although individual response varies.